There is no argument that guttering systems are the unsung heroes of a functional home. Though probably not given as much attention as roofing or foundation, gutters play an important role in water management. A guttering system is responsible for harvesting rainwater from the roof and properly directing it away from the house. A malfunctioning guttering system can compromise the integrity of your house. 

 

Considering the indispensable function of gutters, it’s crucial to ensure they are in a sound condition. In this post, we’re sharing some common signs pointing towards a dysfunctional guttering system. 

 

 

  1. Visible Cracks, Splits or Holes

 

One of the most common signs pointing towards a faulty guttering system is cracks. Cracking, splitting, and holes in your gutter will leak excess water that will permeate the home’s facade. Even if you notice a small crack, make sure you get it repaired immediately or use a sealant to fix it yourself. If ignored, a small crack can expand and will need a complete replacement. 

 

 

    2.  Large Gaps

 

Is there a growing gap between the gutter and the roof? This problem usually occurs when gutters aren’t installed properly, or regular maintenance is neglected. Instead of collecting in the rainwater, the water accumulates in this gap and rots the fascia boards. If it has led to this stage, it’s probably best to install a new guttering system. However, if the problem is caught early on, it can be easily repaired. 

 

 

   3. Rust

 

As gutters are in constant contact with moisture, they become susceptible to rusting. Regularly inspect your gutter for rust and scrub it away with a wire brush. That being said, there is no coming back from major rust damage. Replace rusted sections as soon as possible, or else your entire guttering system can collapse.

 

 

   4. Mildew

 

Similar to rust, mildew is something that is inevitable in guttering systems. You can easily prevent mold infestation with regular maintenance. Scrape it off with liquid bleach and brush. If you’re noticing mold in your basement or around fascia boards, you should get your gutters inspected for leaks or gaps.

 

 

    5. Broken Fasteners

 

Guttering systems must stay put during harshest storms, and gutter fasteners make sure of that. Even during heavy rain, fasteners provide the proper support to keep the system in place. If a few fasteners are broken, they can be easily replaced. But if you’re noticing several broken fasteners, it may be a red flag pointing towards a failing guttering system. 

 

 

   6. Sagging Gutters

 

As gutters are subjected to various natural elements, the metal starts to warp and eventually lead to sagging. Other than that, clogged up debris, leaves, and so on can cause gutters to sag as well.  A sagging gutter can cause the water to spill and penetrate the foundation. This can seriously damage the home’s facade or even flood the basement. Make sure the gutters are routinely cleaned and properly installed. If you notice sagging, make sure these sections are promptly repaired or replaced.

 

 

   7. Peeling Paint

 

If your house paint is peeling, it’s possible that water is seeping into the foundation. Get your gutters inspected by a professional to find any cracks or damage.

 

 

    8. Landscape Damage

 

Is your landscaping getting damaged because of too much water? An improperly installed or broken guttering system will release excess water near the house. Also, if there are pools of water forming around your house, it’s high time to replace the damaged guttering system.

 

 

    9. Loose Nails or Screws

 

Did you find nails and screws on the ground around the guttering system? If screws are unfastening on their own, it may be indicating guttering system failure.

 

If your gutters have one or a combination of these issues, it’s time to get a new gutter installation. Ignoring these signs can cause water to seep into your roof or foundation and lead to major structural damage.

 

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